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MacDara Conroy

MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

Sailing in the shadow of Mount Fuji
Sweltering late summer heat in Japan has prompted sailing officials to relax rules on the wearing of lifejackets during the recent Tokyo 2020 test events, as France 24 reports. Doctors recommended competitors in the Ready Steady Tokyo windsurfing final on…
LÉ Samuel Beckett on manoeuvres in 2014
The Naval Service denies any personnel on the LÉ Samuel Beckett were put in danger by the poor state of equipment used to raise and lower RIBs into the water, as The Irish Times reports. The statement followed an inspection…
Gardai Investigate Drowning Incident Off Salthill
A man has died after getting into difficulty swimming in Galway Bay yesterday (Friday 23 August). Independent.ie reports that the man aged in his late 70s had been swimming off Salthill around noon yesterday when he got into difficulty. His…
The swim course to kick off IRONMAN 70.3 this Sunday
Ireland’s biggest triathlon of 2019 comes to Dun Laoghaire this weekend as IRONMAN 70.3 Dun Laoghaire brings premier athletes from across the island and around the globe to Dublin Bay. Sunday 25 August is the date for the three-part race…
Óstan Thóraigh is located right at Tory Island’s main harbour
Brexit uncertainty as well as VAT increases have been cited by the estate agent handling the sale of a Tory Island hotel for its failure to secure a buyer, as The Irish Times reports. Afloat.ie noted in April that the…
Mediterranean slipper lobster (Scyllarides latus) in its usual habitat
Warming waters are bringing more marine wildlife considered unusual for Ireland to our shores, according to a rare fish specialist. The Irish Sun spoke to Dr Kevin Flannery of Dingle Oceanworld who discussed recent arrivals at the Kerry aquarium, including…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is inviting tenders for expert economic and strategic advice for Dun Laoghaire Harbour, which came under its control late last year. The request for tenders (RFT), which is open until Tuesday 17 September, says the local…
View of the area proposed for land reclamation by Harry Crosbie
Clontarf residents will likely be wide-eyed at a recent “radical” proposal by Docklands developer Harry Crosbie to reclaim land from the sea off the North Dublin suburb. According to The Irish Times, the property mogul suggests using Dutch engineering knowhow…
Ireland’s Eye just off Howth in North Co Dublin
Howth’s iconic Ireland’s Eye has been purchased by investment group Tetrarch Capital, TheJournal.ie comfirms. The island — which is an important breeding spot for many seabirds — was included in the recent sale of Howth Castle and demesne by the…
Coastguard volunteers carry the stranded dog back to dry land
Coastguard teams from Bangor and Portaferry were tasked to Strangford Lough on Saturday afternoon (17 August) to rescue a young dog stranded by the tide at Island Hill. The pup’s worried owner “was in the mindset of attempting a rescue…
A still from surfing documentary Between Land and Sea, screening Tuesday night 20 August on RTÉ 2
Surfing documentary Between Land and Sea will have its Irish TV premiere tonight (Tuesday 20 August) at 10.15pm on RTÉ 2. Ross Whitaker’s film chronicles ‘a year in the life of an Atlantic surf town’, namely Lahinch in Co Clare…
Aran Islands RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Aran Islands lifeboat volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat on Saturday afternoon (17 August) to carry out a medical evacuation for an injured tourist. The female visitor to Inis Mór had sustained a suspected fractured leg while out sightseeing, Aran Islands…
The RStGYC U25 squad were in winning form this past weekend
The Royal St George Yacht Club had reason to celebrate when members of the U25 squad took Class 1 and won the overall team prize in the Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta this past weekend. With Niamh…
Nolly, and her apartments ‘Harland’ and ‘Wolff’, berthed at Belfast Harbour Marina
Two chic barge berths at Belfast Harbour Marina are available for bookings for those looking for a different base to explore Northern Ireland. The berths — named ‘Harland’ and ‘Wolff’ after the city’s iconic shipyard — comprise the renovated barge…
Spirtle, with her distinctive skin markings, seen off Fenit in Tralee Bay
Marine wildlife miracle Spirtle appears to have taken up residence off the Kerry coast if the many sightings over recent weeks are anything to go by. Last month the young dolphin was spotted in the area some weeks after she…
The River Shannon in autumn
Waterways Ireland is proposing a permit system for the Shannon Navigation that could see users of Ireland’s longest river face charges for their boats for the first time, as The Irish Times reports. Users of the Royal and Grand Canals…
Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Portaferry’s volunteer lifeboat crew had a busy Saturday (17 August), launching twice before providing rescue cover at a local triathlon event. The first callout was in the morning to a 21ft yacht with engine failure that was at risk of…
Native white-clawed crayfish like this one have been threatened by outbreaks of crayfish plague
Crayfish plague has been confirmed in the River Nore in Co Kilkenny, marking the eighth record in Irish rivers since 2015 — and the third detected this year alone, as TheJournal.ie reports. Outbreaks of crayfish plague pose a significant threat…
Athlone on the River Shannon
RTÉ News reports that a major angling competition set for Athlone yesterday (Friday 16 August) was cancelled over the recent oil spillage in the River Shannon near the town. Westmeath County Council has been investigating the pollution incident on the…
Story Of Lifeboat Crew Billed For Lost Inflatable Is A Tall Tale, Says RNLI
Don’t believe everything you read, the RNLI advises, after the lifesaving charity was forced to debunk claims it was recently billed for an inflatable toy lost during the rescue of a child. According to The Independent, there appear to have…
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